iPhone Life magazine


Patrick Jordan

Byline RSS appByline was the very first native RSS app I tried on the iPhone. It is among the most stable of all iPhone RSS apps—it very rarely crashes or freezes up—and it usually does what it promises it will do. It offers full two-way sync with Google Reader, allowing you to star and share items, e-mail items, and create and share notes. It also has landscape mode, an inline browser to view full posts, and an offline reading capability.

Byline’s Folders View screen.

I’ve used Byline off and on over many months, but never frequently. I’ve never considered it a replacement for Google Reader because of its very plain-looking UI and lack of any special features that might make common tasks easier. Finally, it’s a bit slow when opening articles—not terribly so, but enough to notice.